How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of 'GH,' 'The View' and 'The Chew'; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

How WATCH ABC Changes Will Affect Viewing of ‘GH,’ ‘The View’ and ‘The Chew’; Shows Also on Hulu Plus

First Look: Nafessa Williams on 'One Life to Live'

( — As we previously reported, Nafessa Williams makes her daytime debut on Wednesday, March 23, as Deanna Forbes, the former girlfriend of James Ford (Nic Robuck), on ABC’s “One Life to Live.”  And, while Williams recently signed a four-year contract with the show, her time in Llanview was originally intended to be much shorter.

Last fall, when the model and aspiring actress was first cast by the show, her character was only slated to appear in three episodes of the daytime drama.  Fortunately for Williams, however, the show decided to further develop the character of Deanna, who will try to drive a wedge between budding lovers James and Starr (Kristen Alderson).

“This is more than I ever dreamed of.  I’m super excited and really grateful for the experience,” the twenty-something actress states in an interview with the Philadelphia Daily News.

Click here to watch Alderson and Robuck introduce Williams in the latest installment of their blog, “Unplugged.”

  • One Life to Live
  • Kristen Alderson
  • Llanview
  • Nic Robuck
  • Nafessa Williams
  • Unplugged
  • Philadelphia Daily News

    Andrew Trischitta Upped to Contract Status with 'One Life to Live'

    ( — Expect to be seeing more of Todd Manning’s oldest son Jack in the coming months on “One Life to Live,” as Andrew Trischitta has becme the soap’s newest contract cast member, one month to the day after he first appeared on the show.

    The news, which was posted earlier today on ABC Soaps in Depth‘s Twitter page, may come as somewhat as a surprise to some “One Life” fans, considering Trischitta has only appeared on screen in a handful of episodes since joining the show earlier this year (his first airdate was February 22).  The actor replaced fan favorite Carmen LoPorto, who had played Jack since 2007.

    Since Trishcitta was cast in the role, Jack has taken on a darker tone, proving that he really is his father’s son, by bullying one of his classmates, Shane Morasco (Austin Williams), because he has asthma.  Look for the storyline to heat up in the coming weeks as Jack drives Shane to take desperate action, which could result in tragic consequences for all those involved.

    • Twitter
    • Austin Williams
    • ABC Soaps in Depth
    • Carmen LoPorto
    • One Life to Life
    • Andrew Trischitta
    • Comings & Goings

      'The Talk' vs 'ATWT:' Which Does/Did Better? Plus Full Daytime Ratings

      ( — Time and time again we've been asked how daytime shows (those airing only on ABC, CBS and NBC) such as "The View," "The Price is Right," "Let's Make a Deal" and even "The Talk" do in the ratings compared to the daytime soaps that we report on weekly here at Soap Opera Network. So we thought we would compile ratings for daytime programming, separate from just the soaps, and also see how CBS' "The Talk" is doing when compared to "As The World Turns," the show it replaced this season.

      For the week of March 8-12, 2010, CBS' now canceled "As The World Turns" had 2.47 million viewers watching the trials and tribulations of Oakdale's prominent citizens. By comparison,"The Talk," which replaced it in the 2:00 PM ET timeslot, had only 2.11 million viewers watching the antics of co-hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Holly Robinson Peete and Leah Remini during the week of March 7-11, 2011. While the difference of only 360,000 viewers doesn't appear like much, we must remind readers that total viewers means nothing – it is the demos that pays the bills, in particular Women 18-49. In year-to-year comparisons, "As The World Turns" rated 50% higher than "The Talk" in Women 18-49 (rating), while 19% higher in actuals (viewers). Meanwhile, in the all important youth demographics of Girls 12-17 and Women 18-34, "The Talk" has tied "World Turns" or increased on the soaps viewership. In Girls 12-17 (viewers), "Talk" is doing 69% better than "World," while in Women 18-34 (rating) both are tied.

      What follows are the ratings comparisons of "As The World Turns" and "The Talk" for the week of March 8-12, 2010 vs March 7-11, 2011:

      Category As The World Turns
      Week of March 8-12, 2010
      The Talk
      Week of March 7-11, 2011
      Total Viewers 2,468,000 2,111,000
      Households/Share 1.8/6 1.6/5
      Women 18-49 Rating/Share 0.9/6 0.5/5
      Women 18-49 Viewers 613,000 513,000
      Girls 12-17 Viewers 16,000 27,000
      Women 18-34 Rating 0.5/4 0.5/4
      Men 18+ Viewers 503,000 412,000

      Ultimately, while "As The World Turns" had consistently rated better than "The Talk" in many key categories, the cost of producing "Talk" is significantly lower. Therefore, from a business standpoint CBS was justified in canceling the soap in favor of the low cost talk show.

      In other daytime news, "The View" remains ABC's most watched program with an average 3.4 million viewers and a 2.6/9 in households. In Women 18-49, "The View" ties "General Hospital" with a 1.1 rating, though "View" held an 8 share while "GH" held a 7 share. In actuals (Women 18-49 viewers), "The View" trails "GH" by 50,000 viewers. "The Price is Right," which is broken up into two separate programs is daytime's most watched show. "TPIR: Part 1" averaged 4.4 million viewers, while "TPIR: Part 2" averaged 5.4 million viewers. "Let's Make a Deal," which is also broken up in two separate programs has dramatically improved on "Guiding Light," which it replaced in 2009. "LMAD: Part 1" averaged 2.5 million viewers, while "LMAD: Part 2" averaged 2.7 million viewers.

      What follows are the full daytime ratings for the Week of March 7-11, 2011:

      Total Viewers (Full Daytime)
      1. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 5,418,000
      2. The Young and the Restless (CBS) 4,825,000
      3. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 4,443,000
      4. The View (ABC) 3,378,000
      5. The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 2,811,000
      6. Let's Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 2,698,000
      7. General Hospital (ABC) 2,687,000
      8. Days of our Lives (NBC) 2,488,000
      9. Let's Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 2,452,000
      10. One Life to Live (ABC) 2,355,000
      11. All My Children (ABC) 2,318,000
      12. The Talk (CBS) 2,111,000

      Households/share (Full Daytime)
      1. The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 3.7/13
      2. The Young and the Restless (CBS) 3.5/12
      3. The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 3.4/11
      4. The View (ABC) 2.6/9
      5. The Bold and the Beautiful (CBS) 2.0/7
      – General Hospital (ABC) 2.0/6
      7. Let's Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 1.9/5
      8. All My Children (ABC) 1.8/6
      – Days of our Lives (NBC) 1.8/6
      – One Life to Live (ABC) 1.8/6
      11. Let's Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 1.7/5
      12. The Talk (CBS) 1.6/5

      Women 18-49 Rating/share (Full Daytime)
      1. The Young and the Restless (CBS) 1.5/10
      2. The View (ABC) 1.1/8
      – General Hospital (ABC) 1.1/7
      – The Price is Right 2 (CBS) 1.1/8
      5. Days of our Lives (NBC) 1.0/7
      6. One Life to Live (ABC) 0.9/6
      – The Bold and the Beautiful 0.9/5
      – The Price is Right 1 (CBS) 0.9/6
      9. The Talk (CBS) 0.8/5
      10. All My Children (ABC) 0.7/4
      – Let's Make a Deal 2 (CBS) 0.7/4
      – Let's Make a Deal 1 (CBS) 0.7/4

      • All My Children
      • One Life to Live
      • The Young and the Restless
      • General Hospital
      • The View
      • The Price is Right
      • Let’s Make a Deal
      • Ratings
      • The Talk
      • As The World Turns
      • The Bold and the Beautiful
      • Days of our Lives
      • Guiding Light

        Pint-Sized 'One Life' Star 'Loves' His Day Job

        ( — He may have only recently taken over the role of Sam Manning, the son of reformed rapist Todd Manning (Trevor St. John) and the late, mentally disturbed Margaret Cochran (Tari Signor) on “One Life to Live,” but five-year-old Patrick Gibbons, Jr. is already making the most of his time in the spot light.  The kindergartner says in an interview that he becomes “very excited when [I] see myself on TV.  I love it.” However, Gibbons’ parents almost passed on the chance to audition for the long-running daytime drama, believing their son’s chances of landing the role were slim at best.

        In an interview with M. English of the Montgomery News in Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, Gibbons’ father Patrick Sr. says that it was his son’s agent, Barry Kolker‘s idea to audition for the soap.  Reluctant at first, he finally relented, telling wife Maureen that “If you want to go up to New York and waste four hours, go ahead.”

        Little did he know however, that his little boy was about to get his first big break into show business.  “He needed a head shot and a resume. So I took his picture with my cell phone and wrote down, ‘He likes to ride his bike, and he goes to school at St. Philip’s,’ he confesses.  “That was that. He went in [for the audition] with over 100 kids, got called back with nine other kids and ended up getting the part.”

        Gibbons, who typically visits the “One Life to Live” studios three or four times a week to tape his scenes, is said to be “having a ball” working on the show.  But, despite their son’s sudden national exposure, the boy’s parents are determined not to let his new-found success go to their heads.  “[We have] no intention of pushing any of this Patrick loses interest.  Nothing lasts forever, especially in this business.  He’s only 5.  If he continues to like it, we’ll do what we can to support him in [pursuing] it.  If he doesn’t…well, again, he’s only 5,” Patrick Sr. tells the newspaper.

        Five-year-old Patrick Jr.was discovered by accident.  The boy typically accompanies his parents on their trips to New York City with middle daughter Anna Marie, an “aspiring actress-model,” to meetings with her talent management team. That’s when Kolter spotted Gibbons in a waiting room and immediately thought he had natural talent.  However, his first audition, for the Broadway rendition of “Billy Elliott the Musical,” didn’t go so well.  As for Anna Marie, she has been cast in a non-speaking role in the upcoming comedic film “The Sitter,”  starring accomplished actor and producer Jonah Hill.

        When he’s not at school or on the set, Gibbons leads a pretty normal life for a child star, ice skating, playing guitar, and spending time with friends.   But sometimes his life seems anything but normal.

        Patrick Sr. recalls an incident where he encountered two of his son’s “One Life” co-stars, John-Paul Lavoisier (Rex) and Farah Fath (Gigi), at a poker tournament recently.  He said that Fath related a conversation she had had with the five-year-old a few weeks ago.  “While they were on the set, Patrick told her that he loves to ice skate.  She asked him how long he’d been skating, and he said 10 years.  A pretty good trick for somebody who’s 5, huh?”

        Gibbons made his “One Life to Live” debut as Sam Manning back on December 22, taking over the role from twins Jacob and Luke Clodfelter (who first aired in 2007 and last aired in January of 2010).  The role was originated by yet another set of twins, Zack and Daniel Frisch in 2006.

        To read Patrick Gibbons, Sr.’s full interview with the Montgomery News, click here.

        • One Life to Live
        • New York City
        • Patrick Gibbons, Jr.
        • Farah Fath
        • John-Paul Lavosier
        • Broadway
        • Patrick Gibbons, Sr.
        • Anna Marie Gibbons
        • Jacob and Luke Clodfelter
        • Montgomery News
        • Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
        • Jonah Hill
        • The Sitter
        • Bill Elliott the Musical
        • Zack and Daniel Frisch
        • Maureen Gibbons
        • Barry Kolker
        • M. English

          Bree Williamson & Melissa Archer to Appear on 'The Wendy Williams Show'

          ( — “One Life to Live’s” Buchanan girls Bree Williamson (Jessica/Tess/Bess) and Melissa Archer (Natalie) are scheduled to be guests on Wendy Williams’ show on Tuesday, March 22.  The episode will be headlined by R&B Musician Bobby Brown and will also feature a segment with Williams discussing her “Dancing with the Stars” debut.  On Monday, March 28, the talk show diva makes her second appearance on “One Life” as “Access Llanview” host Phyllis Rose.

          Williams made her “OLTL” debut on Wednesday, March 2 as part of a storyline referred to as “The Buchanans, A Family Under Siege.” She is scheduled to appear in three additional episodes of the soap sometime later this spring.

          “The Wendy Williams Shows” airs weekdays in syndication, and weeknights at midnight ET on BET.  Check your local listings for the time and channel in your area.  You can also catch Williams on “Dancing with the Stars” Monday nights at 8:00 pm ET on ABC.

          • Dancing with the Stars
          • ABC
          • Melissa Archer
          • Bree Williamson
          • BET
          • Wendy Williams
          • The Wendy Williams Show
          • Bobby Brown
          • Phyllis Rose
          • Access Llanview

            Y&R Recap: Monday, March 21, 2011

            Y&R Recap: Monday, March 21, 2011

            ( — "The Young and the Restless" Episode Recap – Monday, March 21, 2011.

            IT HAPPENED TODAY…

            Christine arrives to get things going in the court case when Paul and Nina tell her that Heather is missing. We soon find Heather bound and blindfolded in a taxidermy factory by Angelo. Back in the courtroom, Chance shows Chris the text he received. Before the judge can get things underway, Chance fakes a chest pang, managing to stall the proceedings a few more minutes.

            Lily thinks back on her 'vision' of Cane at her window. Before she can think on it any further, Daniel pays a visit to brighten up her spirits. The two of them relax over college basketball and junk food. Lily asks if Daniel came over to keep an eye on her. Daniel points out he's there to watch her pout over her team's loss. The two start to talk on their past as a married couple. The two make plans to watch college basketball again next season with a little friendly bet on the side. As Daniel is heading back home, Lily gives him a friendly kiss on the cheek. Seconds later, she receives a text asking her if she thought it was a bit too soon for her to be kissing someone else. She's stunned when she sees that it's signed by someone with the initial 'C'.

            Leslie is furious that Sharon attempted to flee Genoa City to find Adam. Sharon tells her that she knew it was a risky and stupid thing to do but she had to find him. She asks Leslie to contact Nick, who is angry at what he has learned. When he arrives at the jail, he lets her have it for putting Adam before family once again. Sharon tells Nick that regardless of what he feels, she did it because she loves Adam. A disgusted Nick shoots back that she hopes it was worth losing her freedom over.

            Adam continues to try to intimidate Koa by letting him know that he's Victor's son. Koa isn't impressed and still stays cool despite Adam's pushing him. Koa tells Adam that he's going out for a breath of fresh air and when he returns he better not see him there. Once gone, Adam pays the bartender to double his drinks to get him drunk. The plan works and Koa is soon staggering back to his room. Once he's passed out, Adam appears and begins to search his room. He hits the jackpot when he finds Sharon's camera that shows her trying to save Skye's life. Before he can leave, however, Koa comes too and knocks Adam out cold.

            Chance initially wants to bail out of the court case when he learns that Heather is nowhere to be found. Paul, Nina and Christine all talk him into doing what is right. Back in the courtroom, Chance testifies about the shooting and names Pomerantz and Meeks as the men that orchestrated the attempt on his life. Meanwhile Angelo continues to taunt Heather that if Chance were smart, he'll keep his mouth shut. Unfortunately for both of them, word comes back that Chance testified against Pomerantz and Meeks. He soon leaves telling a terrified Heather that someone else is coming back to take care of her.

            Nick gets a call from Phyllis telling him that she's in Thailand. Nick wants to know if she was there at the time that Sharon was detained. Phyllis admits seeing Sharon being whisked away. She tells Nick that once she finds out what Adam is up to, she'll let him know.

            With the court case over, Chance wants to join Paul to find Heather. Every tell him that he'd only be putting his life in jeopardy by going out in the open. Not caring, he tells Nina and Paul that he's in love with Heather and he's going to do whatever to help bring her back safe. He and Paul leave to go search for her.

            On the Next The Young and the Restless…

            • Angelo stresses that Heather is to not get away.
            • Ashley tells Tucker Abby is off limits
            • Abby strips for her press conference
            • The Young and the Restless
            • Y&R
            • Sharon Case

              'Yes, it's true' Tyler Christopher is Leaving 'GH'

              ( — Over the weekend news broke that ABC's "General Hospital" had informed actor Tyler Christopher on Friday, March 18 that his contract would not be renewed. Christopher's contract was up for renewal in June and the soap had until last week to inform Christopher whether or not they had plans of renewing it, which they chose not to. In a statement released to ABC Soaps in Depth, Christopher answered the question everyone wanted to know with a simple "Yes, it's true."

              An ABC spokesman did not return a request for comment on this story.

              Tyler Christopher has portrayed the role of Nikolas Cassadine on ABC's "General Hospital" off-and-on since joining the cast in July 1996. He has been nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards.

              A last airdate has not been announced.

              • General Hospital
              • Tyler Christopher
              • ABC Soaps in Depth
              • Comings & Goings

                GH Recap: Monday, March 21, 2011

                ( — “General Hospital” Episode Recap – Monday, March 21, 2011.

                IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                Dante and Sam work together to find who perpetrated Jake’s hit and run and they narrow the search to 7 cars.

                Despite Patrick and Robin’s best efforts, Jake dies on the operating table as Jason watches from the observation area. Jason breaks the terrible news to Lucky who, in turn, tells Elizabeth. Patrick loses it, only to find Robin’s loving support. Maxie finds solace in Matt.

                Terrell prescribes chemotherapy for Josslyn’s cancer, but Jax balks in hopes they can find an organ donor. Carly approaches a grieving Jason, asking for his dead son to save her daughter.

                On the Next General Hospital…

                • Sam is shaken to realize that she or Carly may be Jake’s hit-and-run driver.
                • Robin asks Patrick to come home as her husband and father to Emma.
                • On his honeymoon, Sonny cannot stop trying to track Theo.


                • General Hospital
                • Recaps

                  OLTL Recap: Monday, March 21, 2011

                  OLTL Recap: Monday, March 21, 2011

                  ( — “One Life to Live” Episode Recap – Monday, March 21, 2011.

                  IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                  David throws Cutter out of Dorian’s bedroom and explains to her that it was Clint who kept them apart. Finally persuaded, Dorian forgives him and they make love. David confronts Clint with a gun.

                  As Aubrey moves Rama into the mansion, Joey gets slightly twigged that something’s not kosher about it. Aubrey and Rama go to Capricorn, and they find Joey in an intense moment with Kelly in which they share their concerns about Jessica.

                  Cristian and Kelly are noting that Capricorn seems calm when Tess blasts in looking for action, pursued by Ford. Ford tries to get her to go home because the custody of Ryder is still pending. She eyes Cutter and checks him out. Tess watches Cutter leave and slips into his car.

                  Bo and Rex confront Clint about the kidnapping of David and Rex and Clint get into a slugfest. Rex vows to find that proof that Clint killed Eddie Ford.

                  On the Next One Life to Live…

                  • Viki questions Dorian.
                  • Brody and Natalie fall asleep together.
                  • Tess watches Charlie and Echo kiss.
                  • One Life to Live
                  • Recaps

                    AMC Recap: Monday, March 21, 2011

                    ( — "All My Children" Episode Recap – Monday, March 21, 2011.

                    IT HAPPENED TODAY…

                    Ricky and Diane worry about the fact Griffin wants to meet with the casino owners. Disguising his voice Ricky cancels Griffin’s meeting.

                    Opal says Tad has some good energy since marrying Cara. Jake and Cara seem to be working well together but he appears a bit twigged over the fact she seems happy being married to Tad. Thinking he’s about to take a drink, Amanda dumps JR’s drink into a nearby plant but he tells her it was just seltzer. JR convinces Amanda that he did love Annie.

                    Frankie gives Scott a warning; if he’s not into Madison than he should cut her loose since the last thing she needs again is her heart broken.

                    Emma is distant from Greenlee and only wants Madison around. Cara tells Ryan that his daughter is physically fine but suggests she see a physical therapist for the emotional trauma.

                    On the Next All My Children…

                    • Colby teams up with Erica and Caleb.
                    • Liza and David team up.
                    • Marissa and Bianca’s friendship continues to grow as they work closely on Bianca’s custody case.


                    • All My Children
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